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- Ooniprobe Goes Mobile, Maps Countries that Censor the Internet
A new mobile tool created to test Internet censorship and network performance was launched by the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), and it’s a project sponsored by Tor, the organization behind the Tor Browser. So what does the app do? Well, it was created to help you see whether your country has blocked off any websites, whether there are present any systems that could be responsible for censorship or surveillance and what exactly is the speed and performance of your network. This censorship-testing tool has been available for years, but it’s only now possible to run all the tests on your phone. While this is a cool tool to have and play with for your very own curiosities, the greater purpose is to help folks at the Open Observatory of Network Interference get a clearer view of how the Internet works in all corners of the world. You can choose what type of data to share back with OONI – ...
- Not Even Donald Trump's Love of Twitter Manages to Save the Company's Decline
Twitter admits that Donald Trump’s interest in the platform and heavy use of it is good for business, but it seems that not even the Donald himself can make the company’s business profitable. “The president’s use of Twitter has broadened the awareness of how the platform can be used. It shows the power of Twitter,” said Twitter CFO Anthony Noto during the fourth quarter earnings call earlier today. On the other hand, the Twitter chief admits that it’s hard for a single person to drive sustained growth. The short version is that while Trump’s antics on Twitter, including slamming his daughter’s business partners and then retweeting his personal account over on @POTUS, it’s not going to bring in masses of new users. The service has 319 million active users, which is up 4% compared to the previous year. In the final quarter of 2016 Twitter only grew by a mere 2 million users. The social network reported a loss of $167 million in the final three months of 2016, compa...
- YouTube Fixes Glitch that Made Channels Lose Tons of Subscribers in Minutes
YouTubers had quite the scare a few hours ago as their subscriber numbers started to dwindle inexplicably. It seems that the service was affected by a massive glitch which caused channels to lose massive numbers of subscribers in just a few minutes. Thankfully, the company has already fixed the problem, and the subscriber counters are back to normal and functioning properly. Users are also confirming all is back to normal now. It seems that the problem stems from a glitch that causes YouTube to falsely detract two subscribers from an account every time one individual chose to unsubscribe. That let the door open to trolls to repeatedly subscribe and unsubscribe from channels which caused massive drops in the total scores. YouTuber BlackScreenTV is the one who spotted the issue first, which also affected the most popular channel on YouTube – PewDiePie. Saying this was the biggest glitch in the website’s history,
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